Coming Up! Grad Studies Advanced Research Workshop

If you attended the Grad Studies Basic Research Workshop, this one is for you!

Graduate students will explore more databases and search tools, the current information economy, and how to immerse yourself in the literature of your field so that you gain confidence in your subject expertise.

  • Tuesday, February 7th
  • 5:00 – 5:50 pm
  • Pfau Library, room 2005

Register now for Grad Studies Advanced Research Workshop

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Quarton at

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Together: Open Mic Night this Thursday 6PM

Together: Open Mic Night this Thursday, open to all!
Fiction, Poetry, Memoir, Spoken Word!
6PM in Pfau Library 4005

A fun and friendly gathering on a Thursday night,
come share your work or sit back and enjoy your visionary friends!

Now more than ever we need your voice, your story,
your intelligence and honesty, your anxieties and triumphs, your innovations,
your unique lens of witness!

Hosted by the student editors of the Pacific Review
and the English Department

Onward together!

Chad Sweeney
Undergraduate Coordinator, Creative Writing
Director, Pacific Review Literary Journal


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Library Research for Freshmen Workshops

Meant for those new to CSUSB, or for those who could simply use a refresher, this workshop provides an introduction to research through John M. Pfau Library. Students will gain a better understanding of why it’s necessary to use the deep web for college-level research, practice locating scholarly articles and books, and identify how to get research help.

Attendance verification slips available for those who wish to offer extra credit.

  • Wednesday, January 25th, 12:00 – 12:50 pm
  • Monday, February 13th, 4:00 – 4:50 pm
  • Thursday, March 9th, 4:00 – 4:50 pm

All workshops take place in Pfau Library, room 2005.

Register now on our workshop calendar!


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Texas Poets Laureate: Poetry Reading Jan. 19

Karla Morton portraitAlan Birkelbach portraitTexas Poets Laureate Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach — both award-winning writers, each with 11 published books — will present a poetry reading at Cal State San Bernardino’s John M. Pfau Library on Thursday, Jan. 19, from noon-1:30 p.m., in PL 4005.

Morton will read selections from her 11 books, including the recently released “Accidental Origami: New and Selected Works.”

Birkelbach will also read favorites from his 11 collections, including “Waking the Bones: New and Selected Works,” published earlier this year.

The authors also will share poetry and highlights from their ongoing National Parks Tour and hold a Q-and-A session.

Morton and Birkelbach will be visiting Channel Islands National Park and Joshua Tree National Park as part of their “Words of Preservation: a Poets Laureate National Parks Tour,” launched last year to celebrate the National Park System’s 100 year anniversary. They will visit 50 or more of the 59 U.S. national parks during the project, documenting their journey through poetry and photography, ultimately creating one or more books. Their plan is to donate a percentage of sales to the National Park Service.

The idea for the project came to Morton while she was working on “Accidental Origami” in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and John Muir, Morton and Birkelbach hope to contribute to the exploration, preservation and protection of our country’s national parks for the next 100 years.

“In this digital age, there is no replacement for the grandeur of Mother Nature. Wonder cannot be imported or exported, but it can be captured with words, and we can think of no better treasure to explore, champion and share through our work than the U.S. national parks,” said Morton.

Pfau Library Dean Cesar Caballero said, “We’re are enormously honored to host Texas Poets Laureate Karla Morton and Alan Birkelbach; they have each created a remarkable body of accessible and evocative poetry, inspired by a deep appreciation for the majesty and beauty of America’s diverse physical landscape.”

The event is free and open to the public. Parking on campus is $6 per vehicle.

For more information, contact Robie Madrigal, communications specialist, Pfau Library, at (909) 537-5104 or

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Grad Studies Basic Workshop

In this workshop, graduate students will learn about the deep web, the literature review, and basic search strategies in general databases. You’ll also find out how to get research help in person, online, and via text messaging.

  • Wednesday, January 25th
  • 5:00 – 5:50 pm
  • Pfau Library, room 2005

Register now for Grad Studies Basic Workshop on our workshop calendar.

If you have any questions, contact Barbara Quarton at

Hope to see you there!

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Announcing the Thesis Digitization Project

Over the years Pfau Library has received many requests to make past CSUSB master’s theses and projects available online. The number of downloads already recorded worldwide for CSUSB’s most current theses (2014-present) reflects this interest. The library supports Open Access to scholarly content wherever possible, and the addition of campus scholarship to ScholarWorks, the CSUSB institutional repository, is vital to increasing scholarly communication, while also showcasing our graduates’ intellectual endeavors.

This year, the library received initial funding through a VETI grant to begin scanning our collection of CSUSB theses for inclusion in ScholarWorks. With nearly 5,000 volumes to scan, this will be a multi-year project.

I hope to begin posting scanned theses by the end of this month, starting with the oldest volumes. The files will be scanned with OCR to make the text accessible to users with visual disabilities. For privacy, advisors’ signatures will be redacted before the files are posted. Based on our interpretation of the HathiTrust and Google Books copyright cases, the library considers that digitizing and indexing texts for accessibility constitutes a fair use, and for that reason we will not be seeking copyright permission from each individual author.

However, we are offering an “opt-out” form for thesis authors at the thesis digitization project web site. We have several options for limiting access: applying an embargo period—that is, making the file unavailable a specific time period of 6 months up to 3 years after posting; restricting availability to on-campus users only; or removing the file from the repository entirely, in which case the library will retain the digital copy in-house for archival purposes. (In keeping with current thesis practice, I will not post any past Creative Writing theses without the author’s express permission.)

Please help me spread the word to our past Master’s graduates!  Does your department communicate with your alums? Did you yourself graduate with a CSUSB Master’s degree, or do you have friends or family who did? Please let them know that they can opt out.

Alternatively, anyone who wants their thesis digitized as soon as possible can use the same form to request priority scanning.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me: Stacy Magedanz,, (909) 537-5103.

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ScannxBook ScanCenterWe have invested in a very sophisticated, yet easy-to-operate, self-service ScannxBook ScanCenter which you may use for free.

Specially designed to make scanning from books easy (think textbooks on Course Reserves!), it also may be used to scan documents, etc.


  • It converts scanned images into either PDF, searchable PDF, Word, JPEG, TIFF, and PNG file formats automatically.
  • Send scanned files to: Smart Phone/Tablet, USB drive, Google Drive, printer (normal printing charges apply), or email.
  • Please limit scanning to 15 minutes when others are waiting.

The self-service Scannx Book ScanCenter is located on the first floor of the library in the Copy Machines room.

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Critical Info Literacy for GTAs Workshop

Meant for graduate teaching assistants working with lower division students, this one-hour workshop covers best practices for integrating critical information literacy into your courses, how to use the library website to find resources, and services available to both instructors and students.

  • Thursday, January 12th
  • Pfau Library-2005
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Please register online. If you have any questions, please contact Gina Schlesselman-Tarango at

See you there!

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New Student Assistant Orientation!

We had our first-ever New Student Assistant Orientation today, where we welcomed 22 awesome new students to our library team! Students met the dean and the coordinators and learned about how our library works; they took a tour of 10 busy library departments, and they polished off pizza and cookies. Student Hau Tao (LIT) and student Sierra Diezel (LMMC) won the prize drawings and took home Christmas treats.

Special thanks to our Student Tour Guides: Keilan Banks (LIT), Karina Celis (LMMC), Eduardo Frias (CIRC), Gabby Garcia (LMMC), Priscilla Ortiz (ILL), and Dina Perez (Instruction). They planned and executed great tours!

Library Student Assistants Group Photo

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We Thank Our 2016 Library Ambassadors

A huge thanks to our inaugural cohort of Library Ambassadors! The ambassadors — all of whom are library student employees — visited USTD 100 classes, highlighting key resources and showing first-year students how to get research help.

We thank our Library Ambassadors for all of their hard work and for representing the Pfau Library amongst their peers!

Kaycee, Gabby, Dina, Jonathan

Left to right: Kaycee, Gabby, Dina, & Jonathan. Missing: Karina.

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